Dayara bugyal trek is located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. At an altitude of 11,900 feet above mean sea level, Dayara bugyal is a nature lover's delight. This vast meadow which in springs and summers works as the grazing ground for thousands of livestock, changes itself into winter wonderland after fresh snowfalls. Its spotless smooth slopes are perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Srikanth, Gangotri, Kaala nag, Jaonli, Draupadi ka Danda and Bandarpuch are the some of the major Himalayan peaks that one can see from here. This region is ecologically rich with a variety of flora and fauna.
About the Trek
DAY 1:- DEHRADUN TO RAITHAL (180km/9hr)
We will start our journey from a predetermined place in Dehradun early in the morning. An hour on the journey along the bends and curves of beautiful hill roads will take you to Mussoorie. We will have our breakfast a little ahead of this place and resume our journey. Driving along the Bhagirathi river on the Gangotri highway, we will reach Uttarkashi by lunchtime. You can do your last-minute shopping at this place itself because this is where you'll find all your basic provisions. From this point on, the temperature begins to fall, and the road crosses several large mountains.
We will continue on this road till Bhatwari from where we will make our way to Raithal, a quaint village at a distance of 42 kilometers from Uttarkashi city. You will be allotted your room and welcomed by a gorgeous landscape that awaits you, with a hot cup of tea. After settling down and resting for a bit, you may also head out to explore the village and have a chit chat with the villagers.
This village is dependent on tourism and agriculture and is famous for Rajma beans. It is also famous for the Butter Festival, or Makhan Holi, which is an annual celebration that falls on the day of Bhadon Sankranti every year. This village offer you splendid view of Mount Srikanth, Jaunli and Bandarpuch. After a scrumptious dinner at our guesthouse, we will call it a day and prepare ourselves for the days ahead, in the wilderness.
DAY 2:- RAITHAL TO GUI (6km - trek)
As you walk past the terraced fields of the village you'll enter a thick forest which is densely lined with rhododendrons and Oak. The month of April this trail is filled with fully bloomed rhododendron flowers and is a delight to one's eye. We walk on the trail ascending gradually, to reach a sharp bend from where you can see Jaonli and Draupadi ka Danda standing up-close. With tall forest trees accompanying us, we take some steep ascends on a rather rocky trail and reach the flat stretch of trail. The view begins to open from here and we see the vast patches of bugyal, lined here and there will trees and shrubs. After a few bends and curves through this Rodden path, and a moderately steep climb we see a few shepherd huts and a stone laid trail piercing through the meadow. We take that trail and to our left will be Gui lake. It is often used by the cattle to bathe and drink water and becomes completely frozen in the winter times. You can also spot dome shaped huts that look like an igloo. A few meters from here is our campsite. As you turn around you see snow-clad mountains standing tall. We will then pitch our tents and relax in the campsite with a cup of tea and snacks to accompany it. In the evening you can accompany us on top of a small hill right next to the lake. The sunset view from here is to die for.
DAY 3:- GUI TO DAYARA TOP AND BACK TO GUI (10km trek)
Wake up to a beautiful view of the Gangotri massif and start your day with a hot cup of tea. After a hearty breakfast we will make our way to the highlight of the trek, Dayara top. The trail starts with a gradual ascend and increases moderately as you make your way to Chilapada after crossing a rain shelter. We will walk on flatter trail that transitions into zig zag ones, and finally leads us to an open space, through dense forest. There are a few shepherd huts which also houses some Maggie points where trekkers can take a quick tea break on their way back from the top. The left trail takes us to the main path to the bugyal.
As we walk past a bend, the view opens up to vast meadow and that is the main Dayara Bugyal. In winters these slopes are beautifully covered with powder snow, making it an excellent place to ski own or do snowboarding from. The entire trail through the meadow is a gradual ascend. We make a final steep ascend of 30 minutes to reach Dayara top. There is a small Shivling placed at the summit point. We will get our pictures clicked and some time at the top, with a view of Himalayan giants in front of us. After relaxing a bit we will make our way to our campsite.
We will stop nearby the chhani to have our packed lunch and then resume our journey. We will be at our campsite before evening. Relax with a cup of tea and camp overnight in the tents after dinner.
DAY 4:- GUI TO RAITHAL (6km trek)
Today will be the last day of our trek and we will descend all the way down to our campsite from the same route that we took to go up.
Returning to the village will bring back all those memories that we created on the way. It brings a sense of acquaintance with the surrounding. We experience everything but with a different vision now. Descending down the forest trail lined with oak, Himalayan maple and rhododendron trees, we come back to the civilization. The arched gate marks the end of your trek. Congratulations, you have successfully completed your trek and you have the entire noon and evening by yourself to relax and explore nearby. In the evening, sit along with the whole group, sharing your experiences. Rest in the comfort of your bed and call it a day after a hearty meal.
DAY 5:- RAITHAL TO DEHRADUN (180km/9hr)
After an early breakfast, we will bid adieu to the quaint village of Raithal. Board your vehicle and make your way to Dehradun, where it all started from. We will have our lunch midway and reach Dehradun before evening. You are advised to plan your further travel only after 7 pm in order to avoid any traffic related delays.
We exchange goodbyes and proceed towards our respective destinations, with a longing in our hearts to come back again into the lap of the Himalayas.
1. All meals Ex Raithal ( General nutritious meal )
Both during Homestays and Camp stays
Stay in Homestay on first and last day
Camp stays during the trek
3. Forest fees
Per person Per day Forest fee
4. Alpine 4 men tents (Triple sharing), good quality sleeping bags and mattresses, toilet tents, utensils.
5. Team leader, chef and support staff. Porters and mules to carry common luggage.
7. Transport from Dehradun to Raithal and vice versa.
1. Meals during road transit i.e. meals during travel between Dehradun and Raithal and vice versa.
2.Any kind of medical Insurance.
3.Any personal expenses like extra food, gears etc.
4. Any expense not specified in the inclusion list.
5. Carriage of personal luggage during the trek.